This unit describes the performance outcomes, knowledge and skills required to plan, instruct and evaluate long-term exercise programs for clients. It requires the ability to apply the principles of training and program design to achieve goals in relation to health and skill-related components of fitness. It applies to the use of a variety of training techniques and cardiovascular, free weights and contemporary training equipment, in client programs.

This unit does not cover exercise prescription or instruction of uncontrolled movements. The personal trainer must only implement instruction and monitoring of power exercises that are controlled and only in situations where the client is prepared. This unit does not apply to the use of Olympic lifts.

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Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills which must include a period(s) totalling at least ten hours comprising at least ten different client contact sessions: - plan, implement and evaluate at least five long-term exercise programs using the principles of program design to suit the needs of clients with goals related to a combination of health and skill-related components of fitness; - conduct sessions that individually or cumulatively incorporate: use of a variety of all of the following equipment; demonstration, explanation, and instruction; injury prevention strategies specific to client needs and program; competition or performance strategy into at least one of the programs; exercises to develop: skill; agility; proprioception; balance; coordination; reaction time, and; controlled power movements, for example in plyometric-style exercises; - modify at least three existing exercise plans for clients, and; - document exercise plans and exercise programs for all clients using clear and structured forms.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - long-term exercise program planning for improvement of health- and skill-related components of fitness; - safety and preparation considerations for the use of plyometric training in client programs; - program design and variables relevant to the combination of health- and skill-related components of fitness in the client's program; - training principles relevant to the health- and skill-related components of fitness in the client's program; - training methods and consideration of intensity, program types, sets and reps, circuits, matrices, super-sets, pre-fatigue and interval training; - types of conditioning and training, and expected adaptations, including timing; - client considerations and needs; - application of exercise science, anatomy, physiology, biomechanics considerations to fitness activities and long-term exercise programming; - manufacturer and exercise equipment specifications for safe use and techniques; - signs and symptoms of exercise intolerance and overtraining such as unusual fatigue, and; - physiological changes that occur from long-term exercise training.

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